Oregon News and Northwest Sports

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A grand jury has indicted an Oregon man

on aggravated murder and other charges in last month’s killing of

his wife and four children. Jackson County Chief Deputy District

Attorney Beth Heckert says the grand jury in Medford handed up the

indictments against 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado after hearing

from 13 witnesses, including police and fire investigators, a

medical examiner and two friends of his wife.

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) – A prosecutor has told a judge in Coos

County, Ore., that evidence will show that a man accused of killing

his mother and her boyfriend in their Oregon coast home is

responsible for the deaths. County District Attorney Paul Frasier

says the issue is the mental state of 34-year-old Gabriel Morris at

the time and whether an insanity defense applies. Frasier told

Judge Martin Stone he believes that it does not apply.

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) – Police say a 70-year-old woman ended a

dispute with her husband by firing five shots from a .38-caliber

handgun into the floor of their home. The Newberg-Dundee Police

Department says officers responded Monday to a 911 call from a man

who said his wife had fired a gun inside their home. Officers later

arrested Patricia Jean Hunter-Gross of Newberg for investigation of

unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

CARVER, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a 22-year-old

Newberg woman tells them she was trying to avoid hitting a possum

on Oregon Highway 224 when she lost control of her car and struck a

power pole, cutting electrical power to about 75 nearby residences.

The woman was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel.

Police don’t know what happened to the possum.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Josh Hamilton drove in the winning run

with a single in the ninth inning and the American League

West-leading Texas Rangers rallied from a three-run deficit for a

7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Ian Kinsler and

Endy Chavez homered for the Rangers, whose division lead over

second-place Los Angeles remained at 1 1/2 games with the Angels

beating the Yankees.

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Public Health Division has

lifted the toxic algae advisory for Diamond Lake, the popular trout

fishing lake in the Cascades north of Crater Lake National Park.

The agency says testing has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green

algae that can produce toxins harmful to people and pets in and

around the water.

LOWELL, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say thousands of jars of

spaghetti sauce broke open on Highway 58 near Lowell when a

semi-truck rolled over. KVAL reports no one was hurt in last

night’s crash.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Lottery reports a 2 percent

increase in sales, the first increase in three years. Numbers

released yesterday show gamblers spent $1.04 billion on

state-sponsored gambling in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30.

That compares with $1.02 billion in 2010. The Oregonian reports

about half the money goes to schools, parks, business development

and other parts of the state budget.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points, including

the go-ahead layup with 41 seconds remaining, to lift the New York

Liberty to a 58-56 victory over the Seattle Storm last night.

Plenette Pierson had nine points and eight rebounds to help New

York (13-9) win for the third time in four games. Sue Bird scored

17 points and Tanisha Wright and Katie Smith had 11 apiece for

Seattle (12-10), which had won five of their previous seven.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Josh Portis has navigated a long, winding

road in his attempt to get to the NFL. But he’s already made an

impression during the first two weeks of the Seattle Seahawks’

training camp. Portis, the cousin of running back Clinton Portis,

originally signed with the University of Florida, where he spent

his freshman season. He then transferred to Maryland, where he had

to sit out a season, then was suspended for a violation of the

school’s academic code. He later transferred to California – and

led Cal to a 10-1 record in his senior season.